My Favorite Music of 2017

NEW STUFF Snapped Ankles – Come Play the Trees William Basinski – A Shadow in Time GAS – Narkopop Colin Stetson – All This I Do For Glory Forest Swords – Compassion Robert Aiki Aubrey Low – Two Orb Reel Kara-Lis Coverdale – Grafts Visible Cloaks – Reassemblage Sarah Davachi – All My Circles RunContinue reading “My Favorite Music of 2017”

The Goldilocks Playlist – Week 9 of @Spotify Discover Weekly

Well, hot damn! Did Spotify get it right or what? Week 9 nails it on so many fronts. It’s got great tunes almost across the board, plenty of variety and both old and new stuff I have never heard. There are five classic funk and soul tracks from the seventies, four great bands that areContinue reading “The Goldilocks Playlist – Week 9 of @Spotify Discover Weekly”

RIP @ThisIsMyJam and Thank You!! @Han and @flaneur

On September 26th another great music site will shut down. One of my favorite social platforms, ThisIsMyJam.com will pack it in and say goodnight. The internet was supposed to be about infinite niches and a place for every fan to find his fellow enthusiasts and celebrate their shared interests. As a card carrying, flag waving member ofContinue reading “RIP @ThisIsMyJam and Thank You!! @Han and @flaneur”

Week 7 – The Unbearable Darkness Of @Spotify Discover Weekly

It was a cruel joke played by the calendar. With Labor Day coming so late it was still summer, right? Wrong! Instead of letting the good times roll, the fun-killers at my son’s school decided to ruin a perfectly good three day weekend by starting early. Wasn’t it just a few brief weeks ago thatContinue reading “Week 7 – The Unbearable Darkness Of @Spotify Discover Weekly”

Pictures Or It Didn’t Happen – Week 6 of @Spotify Discover Weekly

How did it happen? How could I let Week 6 go by without standing on the rooftop and shouting to the world. Rock solid, it was the best one yet. However, as Summer 2015 drew to a close, this listener got lazy and didn’t press publish two weeks in a row. With Discover Weekly completely updating every week,Continue reading “Pictures Or It Didn’t Happen – Week 6 of @Spotify Discover Weekly”

The Rock Snob’s Playlist – Week 8 of @Spotify Discover Weekly

Ten years ago a small book attempted to codify rock snobbery. The Rock Snob’s Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Rockological Knowledge laid bare the confusing rules of obsessive music fans. The knowledge so many music nerds had built quietly and kept secret for decades was now made available to the masses. The horror! Of course, only the rockContinue reading “The Rock Snob’s Playlist – Week 8 of @Spotify Discover Weekly”

Plus Ça Change, Plus C’est La Même Chose – Week 5 of Spotify Discover Weekly

Week Five and Spotify Discover Weekly is back on track. After last week’s Adult Alternative easy listening blowout we’ve got more energy and surprises. This week’s playlist is a solid mix of old, new, big and small, but a little harder edge and NO Charles Manson. Listenability is up, predictability is down. I still wantContinue reading “Plus Ça Change, Plus C’est La Même Chose – Week 5 of Spotify Discover Weekly”

Music For People Who Don’t Like Music – Week 4 of Spotify Discover Weekly

What started as a glorious fling has settled into the drab day-to-day reality of a relationship that might not be working out. Oh Spotify Discover Weekly, you seemed so right. You understood me. You knew what I liked and you gave it to me. Now, only 4 weeks into our time together, it just all seems so empty.Continue reading “Music For People Who Don’t Like Music – Week 4 of Spotify Discover Weekly”

Welcome to the Machine – Week 2 of Spotify’s Discover Weekly

Welcome to the machine! A computer is making mixtapes just for me and they are better than just about any mortal mix. Yep, it’s week two of Spotify’s Discover Weekly and they just get me, like really get me. Week one was damn good. Maybe a little heavy on the sixties and seventies, but itContinue reading “Welcome to the Machine – Week 2 of Spotify’s Discover Weekly”

A Few Thoughts On Spotify Running

Let’s talk about Spotify Running. About a month ago Spotify announced a new musical experience specifically designed for runners (all part of a larger fitness initiative). They created non-stop soundtracks that use your smartphone’s accelerometer to determine your tempo and provide the perfect beat to match your stride. The desired effect is a motivated runnerContinue reading “A Few Thoughts On Spotify Running”